The first of these types of fish is the largemouth bass, which is also called the bigmouth bass, black bass, Florida bass, as well as many other names.
It’s easily identified by the dark, almost black, stripes that run horizontally down its flanks. Its jaw extends backwards more than most bass, ending back behind its eyes. Some of the largest largemouth bass caught on Jimmy’s boat have measured over 24 inches long and have weighed as much as 6 pounds or more.
Preferred techniques include casting spinnerbaits, topwater lures and shallow running crankbaits.
Closely related to the largemouth bass is the smallmouth bass. The jaw of a smallmouth bass is smaller than that of a largemouth bass. It extends to directly below the eye. The cheeks have from twelve to seventeen rows of scales. The dorsal fins are joined with ten spines and thirteen or fourteen soft rays.
The smallmouth is golden bronze or brown in color, with a lighter, more creamy underbelly than the largemouth (which has a greenish belly). Vertical dark bands or marks are found on the sides. The eyes have a dash of red.
Most smallies weigh between 2 and 4 pounds. They can run as high as 6 even 7 pounds.
Preferred techniques include casting minnow baits, drop shotting, and flipping tubes.
Other species of game fish frequently caught are Northern Pike and Walleye. Both can grow to trophy sizes in these regions, and can make for an exciting multi-species outing.